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September
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Beatnik Film Stars: The Beat Generation on Screen

The original Beats were obsessed with the power of the written word and had very little time for the moving image. However, its three main figureheads, authors Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, and Allan Ginsberg, have inspired and influenced generations of filmmakers. Their non-conformist lifestyles and groundbreaking approach to creativity has never been an easy thing [...]

29
August
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The Films of Jim Jarmusch

“It isn’t auteur theory bullshit.” – Jim Jarmusch in conversation with Tom Waits. It was during the summer of 1990 that BBC2, one late Sunday night, decided to broadcast Down by Law (1986) as part of the third series of Moviedrome, the now legendary cult movie season hosted by director Alex Cox between 1987-1994. I [...]

13
July
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Top Five Lost in New York Movies

After Hours (1985) Is there any doubt in any one’s mind that this is Martin Scorsese’s weirdest film? Channelling Henry Miller, Franz Kafka, Neil Simon, Paul Auster and Alfred Hitchcock, the inescapable neighbourhood of After Hours is a threatening urban wonderland of surreal distress, where every inhabitant seems to be on the verge of explosive [...]

11
April
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Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker

James Booker once claimed that Ringo Starr pulled his eye out during a fight, hence the star motif on his eye-patch. Dr John famously described Booker as “the best black, one-eyed junkie piano player genius New Orleans has ever produced.” James Booker was not your average musician and Bayou Maharajah, which explores his entertaining but [...]